Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” So, for us who claim the name “Christian”, we should be content in the Lord having faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Faith also means that we trust in the Word of God and as we look at ourselves and the world around us, we see the gap between what Scripture says and the way things are.  As Christians we should not accept this gap as ‘the problems that have always been out there’ because that leads us to become dissident malcontents (complainers who criticize and condemn). Instead we need to also look within and recognize where we are a part of the problem.

When we want the things that God wants, not only in the world around us but also in our own lives, we gain a healthy sense of ‘Holy Discontent’. This Holy Discontent will then lead us to take action to close the gap between what God wants for us – and our present reality. This is what we mean when we pray “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Faith means we are actively pursuing “Earth as it is in Heaven”, not longing to escape earth so we can go to heaven.

When we make the shift from ‘complaining malcontents’ to ‘Holy Discontent’ we join with the great company of saints who have come before us. Saints such as the Apostle Paul who says “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). We will also have the courage of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who when forced to choose between the world and God replied, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from your majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).

Where do you stand on the scale of indifference with the world around you and being intolerant of the gap in your life and God’s vision for you?



Pastor Randy Tucker